New ideas for old Kelowna building

Residents are invited to provide new ideas for possible uses of the Cameron House heritage building.

Cameron House

“We are looking to residents to come up with creative ideas on how we can best make use of this piece of Kelowna history,” said Pat McCormick, planner specialist with the City of Kelowna’s Parks & Buildings Planning department.

“This valuable heritage asset has the opportunity to provide a service to the neighbourhood and contribute to the creation of a community hub.”

An Idea Fair will be held on Thursday, May 12, from 3:30 to  6:30 p.m. at Cameron Park, 2345 Richter St.

The aim of the fair will be to identify activities and uses that are compatible with the heritage building, Cameron Park and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Once information has been gathered on potential uses, it is the city’s intention to seek a private or not-for-profit partner to assist the city in financing capital improvements for the building and adjoining site.

Residents are also encouraged to share their input and join the discussions online from May 9  through 21 at getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

Cameron House was built in 1928. It is a 1.5-storey, log construction home located on the Guisachan property in Kelowna’s South Pandosy neighbourhood.

Once the home of a prominent local family, Cameron House holds special significance to the community. Valued for its unusual architectural style, landscaped park setting and role in community life now and throughout its history, the revitalization of this heritage building has the potential to contribute to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood.

Cameron House is a Kelowna heritage asset listed on the City’s Heritage Register. Over the years the building has housed several tenants, including most recently a children’s daycare. The building is currently unoccupied and in need of extensive upgrades before being suitable for occupancy.